Awakenings: the making of 'Things Impossible'.

An exhibition that explores ablism, mental health and gender expression through technology including virtual reality.

Awakenings - Daydream Echoes detail

Awakenings: The Making of ‘Things Impossible’, traces the collaborative work between SPRUNG!! dancers and Andrew Christie, from their construction of virtual reality experiences to a theatre production at NORPA Lismore to exhibited print and video works at Northern Rivers Community Gallery and here at Grafton Regional Gallery where conceptions of disability visually inhabit the digital space and complicate notions of ablism, mental health and gender expression.

The fabricated realties overlap and entangle to create a series of a non-linear narrative that helps to renegotiate cultural perceptions of disability prevalent in contemporary society. They show figures imparting their uncanny physical characteristics on one another in mysterious environments. These worlds are largely determined by the dancers themselves before being interpreted and constructed by Christie. It is often a refreshing state of being, where people with disability have are able to more actively dictate the terms of their reality, in contrast to when they are often left negotiating many real-world spaces that leave them underrepresented or only considered as an afterthought. In a broader sense, whether these images illicit discomfort and sadness or affirmation and discovery, the works call for patient and considered review of identity and its potential in the digital space where the performative of self-identity can become enticingly malleable as well as infinitely more complicated than previously possible.

Visitors to this exhibition can view a newly produced short film and still image prints, alongside documentation of previous collaborative work at Northern Rivers Community Gallery and NORPA Lismore which includes costumes by Jennifer Irwin, music by Fred Cole and lighting by John Rayment. 

On view from 19 March to 24 April 2022 in the Main Gallery.

Image credits:
Top: Andrew Christie and Sprung, Daydream Echoes 2021, Archival Print on Ilford Fibre Gloss Paper, AP (detail). Courtesy of the artists.
Homepage square:  Andrew Christie, Tallula Bourne and Tara Coughlan, After Embrace 2021, Archival Print on Ilford Fibre Gloss Paper, AP (detail). Courtesy of the artists.
Slider: Andrew Christie and Max McAuley, Bloom 2021, Archival Print on Ilford Fibre Gloss Paper, AP (detail). Courtesy of the artists.

Related Pages

The 2022 JADA

Works by the 56 Finalist's of the 2022 JADA.

Riverstones and Ramifications: Bronwyn Bancroft

This exhibition celebrates the deep connection between the artist and her Uncle Pat Bancroft.

InlandSee

A survey exhibition presenting a cross section of contemporary art from diverse artistic voices in New South Wales.

Past Exhibitions

Showcasing past exhibitions of local and national artists, the permanent collection and touring exhibitions.

Our Place - Celebrating the Clarence

An opportunity for Clarence Valley creatives to get involved with the Gallery.

River to the Sea

Celebrating the magnificent Clarence River and surrounding landscape through the eyes of renowned national and local artists.

UNWRAPPING: Desire, Allure and the Culture of Single Use Plastic

This exhibition engages with the Clarence community to break down our complex relationship with plastics, tackling our urgent environmental issues

Our Place: Celebrating the Clarence

Celebrating the Clarence Valley and the creativity of our local community.

SELECT: Recent Acquisitions to the Collection

Celebrate the opening of the new Gallery with a selection of recent acquired works.

NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2020

This exhibition celebrates the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects

DRAWN: Another View

Showcasing recent works on paper by Clarence Valley artists.

COLLECTION: Local First Nations Curator Dani Gorogo

A selection of works from the collection.

For the Love of Drawing: Pam Fysh

Presenting a selection of works exploring the diversity of Pam's practice.

The French Door Gallery

Featuring a vibrant program of exhibitions showcasing recent work by Clarence Valley artists in Prentice House.

Summer Sensations

Celebrating artists of the Clarence Valley

Adaptation: Goldberg Aberline Studio

A large scale nation-wide collaboration project created during Covid-19, 2018 - 2021.

RESIST-STANCE: Blak Douglas & Jason Wing

A micro survey show of hand-picked works seen for the first time on Bundjalung Country.

Birdsong: Robert Moore

This exhibition affirms the artists fascination with birds, living and working in the bush they are a constant in the landscape.

Lingua Franca: Text Works from the Gallery Collection

This exhibition celebrates language by bringing together works from the collection that feature text.

Teo Treloar: And Now, The Plague

These graphite pencil drawings investigate the themes of isolation, existential threat, and the absurd realities of life in a pandemic.

Jacaranda Festival Artist Dani Gorogo

A survey exhibition of local artist Dani Gorogo's works

Re-Collect: Lyndall Phelps

This exhibition explores the recurring themes of collecting, nature and history which dominate Phelps’ art practice.

Archibald Prize 2022

An Art Gallery of NSW touring exhibition

Young Archie 2022

Australia's cutest art prize

Self: A Northern Rivers Creative Group show

Featuring the work of Xanthe Dobbie, Stephen Garrett, Laith McGregor, Antoinette O'Brien, Fabian Pertzel and Joe Swepson.

The Green Room: Works from the collection

Hidden Treasures from the collection curated by local Clarence Valley Nations artist Frances Belle Parker.

Gesture: Works from the collection

Works that communicate ideas about the broader human experience through body language and gestures.

Sue Bell: Young at Heart

An exploration of childhood memories referencing family mementos from the past and present.

Kade Valja: Soul Ties

This exhibition explores and documents Kade's spiritual lessons and life experiences from a human standpoint.

Contact Us

Address

GRAFTON REGIONAL GALLERY
158 Fitzroy Street
Grafton, NSW, 2460

Hours

Closed Monday

Open Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Public Holidays may differ

Keep In Touch

Grafton Regional Gallery information and news